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Marist Education in North Queensland

Getting to and from Saints

From the Atherton Tableland

Most students from the Tableland are Weekly Boarders. The majority travel home on Friday afternoons on Transnorth Bus & Coach. On their return Sunday evening many families car-pool.  Some Tableland students, especially from the Kuranda area, are day students. Transnorth Bus & Coach:  Ph:  4061 7944.

From Port Douglas and Mossman

Many students from these places are Weekly Boarders, but others travel each day by bus. FNQ Bus Lines (Ph: 4098 2380) offer a morning and afternoon service.

From Babinda, Innisfail, Mission Beach, Tully & nearby areas

Most students from these places are Weekly Boarders. Some families drive and/or car-pool, while others use the services provided by Eclipse Transport Ph: 4032 1599 or 4032 2721) or email

From Cairns and surrounding suburbs

Most St Augustine’s students come from the suburbs of Cairns as day students.

By bus

St Augustine’s College Northern Beaches Bus Service runs each morning and afternoon between Clifton Beach and the College. Contact the College Reception (4052 9111) for cost, ticketing, route and timetable information.

Saints bus timetable

Almost all suburbs, from Gordonvale to Palm Cove, are serviced by school bus runs provided by Love’s Buses (Ph: 4035 4500). These services run directly to and from the College.
Public bus services provided by Sun Bus (Ph: 4057 7411) are also available from nearby Cairns Central and the City Bus Terminal.

Click here for Love's Bus route maps

By bicycle

A number of students ride to and from school. A locked Bicycle Area is available to students to secure their bikes during the day.

By car

Parents working in the Cairns CBD find it convenient to drop off their sons as they come to work. Senior boys, who have a driving license may, with the permission of parents and the Principal, drive to school.

From other parts of the Gulf, Cape, Torres Strait, other parts of Queensland and overseas countries

Families of full-time boarders who live more distantly usually avail themselves of the many air services for which Cairns Airport is both an international and a domestic hub. Northern domestic centres with frequent, often daily, connections to Cairns are: Cooktown, Darwin, Townsville, Normanton, Weipa and most islands off the north coast of Queensland. Overseas ports with direct services to Cairns include: Singapore, Hong Kong, Port Moresby, Mt Hagan, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Narita, Tokyo, Osaka  & Shanghai.

Non Government School Transport Assistance Scheme

To be eligible for travel assistance students must reside in Queensland and attend, on a full time basis, an accredited Queensland non-state school located outside the Brisbane City Council boundary.

If a parent pays more than a nominated weekly threshold, in bus and/or ferry fares, to transport their children to non-state schools they may be eligible for travel assistance through the Bus Fare Assistance Program. For applicants who hold a Health Care Card, Pensioner’s Concession Card or a Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, the weekly threshold is set at a lower rate. Total fares for all eligible students in an applicant’s family are compared to the threshold to calculate the level of assistance. It is not a ‘per student’ threshold.

Parents are to lodge applications for assistance directly online through the QCEC website. Go to  for further information concerning the nominated weekly threshold and for application lodgement. For those parents without internet access the College can lodge the application on your behalf. Contact Jean Lendon at the College on 4052 9159.